Event Information


It’s Portland’s largest Fun Run!  Join thousands ofrunners for the 40th anniversary of the Starlight Run, a 5k (3.1-mile) run on the PGE/SOLVE Starlight Parade route on Saturday evening in front of more than 250,000 spectators. In the last 39 years, more than 138,000 runners have covered more than 400,000 miles of fun in this sanctioned Rose Festival event!


Starlight Night, Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 7:45 p.m.

The Starlight Run starts at 7:45 p.m. Saturday evening, June 3.  (Costume contest pre-judging begins at 6:30 p.m.).  The event is open to runners of all ages and able to maintain a 14 minute per mile or faster pace.  Walking the route is not permitted because of parade restrictions.  View the PGE/SOLVStarlight Parade immediately after the run.

PLEASE NOTE:  Safety searches of any bag larger than the size of a football may take place at the field entrances.


Downtown Portland

The event starts and finishes at the Lincoln High School field between SW Jefferson and SW Salmon on SW 16th, on the west side of the school.


Bib numbers and t-shirt (if purchased) will be available for pick-up on site at the event at Lincoln High School field beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.  The field is located in downtown Portland on SW 16th between SW Salmon and SW Jefferson Streets


Join the fun in the prize-filled costume contest.  Categories for youth, individuals and groups.  You must be a registered participant to enter.  Find all the details here.

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We'll have you ready to party with a DJ dance party before AND after you run.



It's parade night too, so traffic will be busy in downtown Portland.  Plan on carpooling to the run or take Tri Met or MAX Light Rail (to the King's Hill OR Providence Park station) downtown.  Schedules may change on this special evening.  Call Tri Met at 503-238-RIDE or check their website for more information (trimet.org).


It is an evening event,  but prepared for warm weather and high humidity.  Pace yourself accordingly.  Most of the downtown course is in the shade of tall buildings.  Water will be available at the start and finish areas, but NOT along the 3.1-mile course. Bringing your OWN filled bottle or camelback along the run course is allowed -  please remember to dispose of any bottles appropriately.


The Starlight Run is a Fun Run, with no official results produced or published.  There is an official clock at the start and finish line displaying the time from the official "horn" start of the event.  Check your watches as you start and finish for your personal finish time.

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Photos credits:  Waz Mix Pix, Gwenn McGill, Steve Zimmerman